2018 40 Under 40: Class Acts

Our 40 Under 40 are class acts—event professionals who are changing the world for the better through conference, meetings and events. 

2018 40 Under 40|2018 40 Under 40: Class Acts

While these event professionals you will learn more about are young, there is much everyone in the industry can learn from them. They are proactively changing the world for the better through conference, meetings and other events. No wonder they are worthy members of the 2018 40 Under 40.

Meet the next generation of leaders, these “Class Acts.” Learn how they got here and imagine where they, our industry and our world are going.

Melinda Borucki

39 • Director of Marketing LMI Solutions Phoenix  

Allison H. Carpenter

33 • Director of Exhibits and Sponsorships National Defense Industrial Association Arlington, Virginia

Anne Chen

38 • Sales Manager Explore Gwinnett Duluth, Georgia

Jim Clapes

37 • Conference and Events Manager Drug Policy Alliance New York City

Becca Cohen

26 • Conference Services Manager Destination DC Washington, D.C.

Jeff Dougherty

36 • Director of California State Association Sales Visit Sacramento Sacramento, California

Jacob Fabbri

39 • Senior Vice President of Marketing Fonteva Washington, D.C.

Melissa Winfield Faber

29 • Director of Sales—Meetings and Events, Americas Radisson Hotel Group Bozeman, Montana

Kara Ferguson

33 • Meeting Planner American Society of Anesthesiologists Chicago  

Jonathan Foresythe

36 • Account Manager McVeigh Global Meetings and Events New York City

Pedro Goes

25 • CEO InEvent Wilmington, Delaware

Addie Graham-Kramer

37 • President The Event Company Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Emily Hook

35 • Conference and Event Manager AMR Management Services Lexington, Kentucky

Caitlin Hume

26 • Business Events Manager RIMS New York City

Katie Janoski

23 • Conference Services Coordinator Partnership for Public Service Washington, D.C.

Jennifer Jones

38 • Executive Director American Institute of Architects, San Francisco and The Center for Architecture + Design San Francisco

Richard J. Kenney

32 • Associate Director, Housing Operations and Facilities University of Miami Miami

Diane E. Kovats

36 • Executive Director International Society for Computational Biology Leesburg, Virginia

Becky LaHaie

25 • Project Specialist Michigan Realtors Lansing, Michigan

Casi Maynard

37 • Senior Director, Global Accounts HelmsBriscoe Phoenix

Alison Jo McKeithen

38 • Conferences Manager NMAC Washington, D.C.

Rebekah McWain

36 • Associate Director of Events National Correctional Industries Association Crownsville, Maryland

Meda L. Merritt

37 • Senior Association Manager Fusion Marketing Dallas

Morgan Miller

29 • Sales Manager Oklahoma City CVB Oklahoma City

Sarah Mullins

35 • Vice President, Event Services Accent Indy, a DMC Network Company Indianapolis

Pat Reilly

35 • Meeting Planner Pulmonary Hypertension Association Hyattsville, Maryland

Scott Riesterer

30 • Director, Events and AV Overland Park Convention Center Overland Park, Kansas

Meagan Rockett

37 • CEO Greenfield Services Belleville, Ontario, Canada

Matt K. Schechter

35 • Regional Director of National Accounts NYC & Company New York City  

Janet Ortiz Smith

39 • CEO, Director of Corporate Travel and Events EMC² Travel Planners Wylie, Texas

Jennie L. S. Socha

34 • Executive Director International Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Jennifer Soup

33• Director of Meetings and Marketing Association for Accessible Medicines Washington, D.C.

Amaia P. Stecker

34 • CEO, Lead Design Pilar & Co. Alexandria, Virginia

Laura Terrero

38 • National Sales Manager—Multicultural Meet AC Atlantic City, New Jersey

Mary Thao

37 • Director of Meetings and Events ACA International St. Paul, Minnesota

Amanda G. Voss

39 • Vice President of Sales Bellagio Hotel and Casino Las Vegas

Lisa Ware

37 • Director of Sales The Entertaining Company Chicago

Olivia Weir

27 • Event Manager Redstone Agency Toronto

Richelle Wilkins

34 • Events Manager e-Builder Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Christopher Young

34 • High School Division Director DECA Reston, Virginia

About the 40 Under 40 process: Nominations are submitted by colleagues and peers through Connect Association’s website. They are then reviewed by Connect’s editors, and finalists are vetted before the final list is selected for publication. Honorees must be under the age of 40 as of July 15, 2018.